The pastel sky blue (colour matching many of the garments), that licked the models’ eye lids in the Asli Polat SS16 show was a real eye opener. Who knew that something so bright could be pulled off as looking natural? They had a stunning air about them that completely owned the words ‘cool, modern, natural and beauty’. Their hair was scruffy and relaxed and screamed the look of what our future ‘girl next door’ will look like.
This idea was evoked through Polat’s designs as well. Still encasing a feminine, classic style, the frocks and outfits had frills lying with military pockets, some bare shoulders dancing in the same room as collars and done up top buttons; this girl is desirable yet unpredictable.
Frills are a favourite for SS16 and can sneak into outfits undetected. They wriggle down the front of a khaki military jacket to make it feminine and get laced together on a sleeve to highlight Polat’s beautiful pattern cutting skills and flirt with the sight of skin.
These garments, crafted from the finest fabrics, combine many of the trends seen throughout London Fashion Week. Sheer fabrics swayed in the form of frills as well as tempting nakedness and becoming layers elsewhere. Pleats fell into skirts and did well to create smart elements and tidiness as well as relating back to the 40’s just like the military features. There were even a few capes involved, referencing the military nurses at the time.
Asli Plat is potentially suggesting similarities between the changes in women’s behaviour in the 40’s compared to now – how they smartened up due to the seriousness of the war but did so with grace and tenderness. Let’s not forget her subtle attention to detail; we encountered embroidery on tops and jackets and fell in love with the daisy cut out lace that added an interesting, more girly feel.
Is Asli encouraging the young ladies of our future to feel more empowered at the same time as feeling pretty, and hoping they strive with elegance to be successful in what they do?
Her collection can easily be described as lovely but not massively powerful, although she may be lightly touching on the popular ideas described above. The collection is still immersed in a highly effeminate light where we can be fierce but only if pushed past that confident, fairly far back line.